10 weeks ago while undertaking a #52LittleThings challenge to Treat Someone to a Random Act of Kindness with AXA PPP healthcare I made some pledges to help others in some small way:
So we have made a start on sorting out some things for charity, Beths outgrown clothes along with Joshua’s have now been sorted but I still have mine and Ollie’s to do yet .. but its a start right?
Spending some quality time with Beth has happened, there has been a couple of time times just her and I have been out and also some quality time with the family which has been nice … although being a teen I am not sure she would admit to it being nice .. we are old!
It soon came time to go to give back and hand over my pint of blood … but I was not alone….. Beth came with me, which I have so say was amazing. If I am honest I am pretty damn crap with needles and giving blood as my veins are very very deep, so its always nice to have company when someone is digging for a vein .. I am joking the people there did a super job!
While waiting for a special plastic chair (that let me add is pretty damn comfortable) Beth and I discussed being a blood donor and that although she wanted to give blood she would have to wait till she is 17.
However the donor conversation did not stop there … we discussed being on the donor register for organs.
At about this point I was beginning to start feeling a little uncomfortable since I had already registered her when signing up with a GP to go on the list. However I know that having a name on a list doesn’t automatically mean that persons organs will be used as it still has to be consented via the next of kin.
So the discussion about what sort of things that the donor scheme may want to use, what sort of conditions people would need transplants for along with ages, I then was moved to my comfy seat and I started to give blood.
In the 5 minutes and 37 seconds (they time it these days) that I was giving blood my daughter proved to me that not only is she a selfless person but also that no matter how hard things get at home with her teen hormones, she really can be the most amazing individual.
The reality of discussing death with my first born really was like a nightmare, however I have known too many grown adults still not be able to make that decision for themselves.
I hope I never have to make that decision in real life
But I am certainly very proud that my Daughter would like to help others.
Do you think now is the time to ask her about her room??